masculine or feminine

When listing new words learnt, could you please include le .. or la ... as a reminder?

June 23, 2012


Since many people are visual learners, it would be nice to associate a color (background, marker, etc.) to a word, to indicate its gender, for example blue for masculine and pink for feminine.

January 24, 2013

as old school sexist as this may be (blue masc pink femme), this would be VERY helpful, especially for those irregulars that seem like they would be one gender but are actually not. And neuter would be grey of course

June 9, 2013

Did you know that around 100 or 150 years ago pink was considered a masculine color? Just wanted to point that out.

July 17, 2013

pink means warrior in vietnam

January 12, 2014

It's true! The blue/pink thing switched at some point in the last century. For someone learning English, do you think not having masculine/feminine words makes it an easier language to learn?

December 17, 2013

Egyptian here. Definitely, yes. English is easier to learn than French. The reason you mentioned is one among several, but it's definitely a huge factor in the difficulty of the language.

January 26, 2014

It is true. Pink was seen as a toned-down, less aggressive version of red, which was seen as a manly color.

January 28, 2014

not true

August 1, 2014

I don't think it's old school. Blue for boys and pink for girls is still alive and kicking as far as I know. It's also more culture than sexist because no one is at a disadvantage.

July 3, 2013

Sexism aside, thinking of masculine and feminine as genders makes it harder. Rather, thinking of it as a set of grammatical rules makes it easier for those who can't get their heads around the fact that an apple is feminine....

October 24, 2013

Gender in general is a social construct, mate.

October 22, 2013

It is an old school, sexist idea that impacts our society today, and most cultures are still very sexist. It's not putting someone at a disadvantage, but assigning something to someone based on gender is like saying that because someone is a woman they should do housework. So yes, it actually is very sexist.

January 6, 2014

Ha ha, so you'll be happy when everyone dresses and looks the same and there's no way to tell the difference? Not all differences are sexist. Some things enhance and enrich our culture. I for one, don't think I look very good in a dress. Whereas my fiancée looks fantastic. So. Am I sexist? Or am I just living in reality?

Fashion and many other differences are completely different to inequality. It has nothing to do with housework.

January 6, 2014

Jocose_Ginger, I perfectly understand your point. I just think you've misunderstood mine.

Blue/pink/dresses are all just fashion. I see you've already agreed that dresses have nothing to do with sexism. So I guess we're done here.

January 6, 2014


January 28, 2014

Good idea, but better use une/un or (f)/(m), because if the noun starts with a vowel, you still can't see which it is (e.g. "l'ami").

June 28, 2012

I like this idea too!

June 24, 2012

Me, too.

June 26, 2012

yes this is a great idea

June 27, 2012

@Mahshadgm There are exceptions, such as le verre. My strategy is: Borrowed words are usually masculine, and words ending in "e" or "ette" or "elle" are feminine, but stay alert for exceptions.

August 2, 2012

yeah i got this problem too, but i "guess" that "e" at the end of some words is defining in sex choice too, like la pomme, la femme, masculine cases such as le livre, le poulet,etc

August 2, 2012

@mahshadgm Tech words especially are often borrowed, e.g., "computer", "telévision". There are lots of other words that are almost exactly the same in French as they are in English, because they were borrowed from English.

August 2, 2012

I thought that 'l'ordinateur' was computer...

April 11, 2013

this is the one single thing i would really appreciate the most!

September 22, 2012

It is a really good idea, but unfortunately nothing has happened for 9 months. :S

April 10, 2013

I agree fully with Margo-S. We cannot repeat the le... and la ... issue enough. Please add the article (or a colour if you like).

August 11, 2013

Just adding my voice to this. Thanks for bringing it up, Margo-S.

June 28, 2012


August 1, 2012

@Alanakate borrowed words such as..?

August 2, 2012

yeah i got that :) thanks

August 2, 2012

Oh yes please. I've taken to looking up unclear words in an online dictionary as soon as one comes up but some are not easy to track down. It would be so much better if it was flagged when the word first comes up

August 4, 2012

Yes, I think it would be a great idea, as I frequently lose hearts for putting the wrong gender :( .... ;)

September 18, 2012

I always lose hearts wondering whether this word is masculine or feminine :'( ... Nice Idea Margo-S.

November 27, 2012

this is a fantastic idea!

June 6, 2013

Yes please?!

August 10, 2013

i was looking for placing a feedback to thank you a lot for this marvelous method to learn french and to ask for la and le when the new words are presented in the list at the end of the lesson

August 22, 2013

I find this issue to be a huge flaw.

November 6, 2013


November 30, 2013


November 30, 2013

Translate 'the singer' from English to French but how to tell if the illustration is masculine or feminine?

Stocky figure, black leather jacket, bald with red Mohican and making the 'corna' hand sign, looks male to me, so I type 'le chanteur'. Wrong - it's 'la chanteuse'! :/

Need more clues :'(

April 29, 2019
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